Editing to make your book the best it can be

You’ve worked hard on your book, and now you want the same dedication from a skilled editor. Getting the right editor’s crucial, because you’re entrusting them with your labour of love. 

The perfect solution’s an editor who’s a fellow writer, with excellent credentials and a track record of helping authors like you. One with superb testimonials, great-value pricing and a career dedicated to a love of words, culminating in becoming an advanced professional member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading. 

That’s me. I’m Lee Dickinson, and it’s my mission to give your book the expert care it deserves. I’ll treat your words as if they’re my own.

I’ve already done that for the books of dozens of authors across many genres. You can see some of the author reactions on the testimonials further down this page. As those writers found, the proofreading, copy, line or developmental editing of fiction or non-fiction manuscripts here is a personal, expert service.

A skilled editor can support an author all the way to writing that’s ready for the book shops. For self-publishing novelists, I’ll ensure your words are pristine in a fierce market. Modern publishing has propelled writers from such humble starts to literary stardom. Let me help you join them.

There are only 329 CIEP advanced professionals in the world, so you’re guaranteed the highest editing standards. If you still need convincing, ask for a sample edit. Workload permitting, I can edit 1,000 of your words, free. Use the ‘Let’s work together’ button above or the Contact page link at the foot of this page. Let’s make your book the best it can be.


About the editor

I’m Lee Dickinson, the founder of Bookediting.co.uk. I’m an advanced professional member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP, formerly SfEP), and an experienced print and digital journalist with an editing, writing and layout background at local and national newspapers and magazines across the UK and abroad.

Since leaving journalism in 2018, I’ve edited dozens of fiction and non-fiction books and completed the CIEP fiction editing course. I do all the editing, so you’re assured of a personal service. 

My CIEP page is one of the links at the foot of the page. I’m a writer too; you can read my blog by pressing the Blog button next to the CIEP one.

Rivals’ prices are up to £850 more

Scribendi price – £1,235.01
Cornerstones – £1,100
PaperTrue – £1,350

* Based on a 50,000-word copy edit at 2,000 words per hour

Bookediting.co.uk typical price – £500


Spelling, punctuation, grammar, style and formatting are perfected. This is normally the last stage in the book process which involves checking the final ‘proofs’. Some types of editing overlap, and aspects of the copy editor and line editor’s job can be included.

£0.008 – £0.012 per word

Copy editing

A ‘micro’ look at everything including spelling, punctuation, grammar, succinctness and tense. Style guide consistency is also covered, along with comprehensive fact-checking and feedback notes on macro issues. It’s more intensive than proofreading.

£0.010 – £0.014 per word

Here’s a special offer for authors choosing advanced professional editing with Bookediting.co.uk. With any type of editing listed here, if your book is more than 40,000 words, you can choose a book video trailer from partner site Bookvideo.co.uk for half price. That’s a saving of almost £100. The videos above and below are examples of what you can expect. 

Line editing

Line editing is the most thorough ‘micro’ edit, focusing on some of the big picture and all the details. This is a sentence-by-sentence examination including spelling, grammar, punctuation, succinctness, clarity, word choice, syntax, repetition, tense and the realism and rhythm of dialogue.

£0.012 – £0.016 per word

Developmental editing

The ultimate macro edit. A big-picture analysis of everything, including characterisation, structure, story arc, psychic distance, point of view, voice, cause and effect, pacing and plot, studying the timelines, settings, language, world-building and any subplots.

£0.016 – £0.022 per word